We then moved onto Danum Valley, which took the best part of a day to travel through diverse countryside and villages, most noticeably past acre upon acre of palm oil plantation. My initial reaction to this was that it was perhaps taking over, however on understanding that everything is tightly controlled in favour of both agriculture and wildlife, I was able appreciate a more realistic view of how humans and wildlife can live together.
On arriving in the wonderful Borneo Rainforest Lodge, we were welcomed by levels of comfort and luxury that is clearly relatively hard to find in this ever developing part of the world. With a fully stocked bar (something quite difficult to find in Borneo!), a relaxing Wellness Centre and an incredible variety of local cuisine, one cannot afford to miss a few days in this beautiful lodge. It is here where we adventured onto the canopy walkways and for someone who is not good with heights, these really did provide the most fantastic views over the really dense rainforest. Our sightings here were once again phenomenal - more wild orangutans, many of them again with youngsters, red leaf monkeys, a slow norris, huge array of birdlife and lizards/reptiles, more inquisitive macaques, a leopard cat and the hugely elusive gibbons. There was even a track of clouded leopard footprints which reassured us that they really are around, albeit extremely difficult to see.